Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Roosters recruit Blake Ferguson under tight leash upon NRL return

Michael Carayannis Blake Ferguson will undertake a leadership course and will be forced to meet with Roosters officials once a month after the NRL approved a one-year contract ending his 16 month exile.

Canterbury Bulldogs boss Raelene Castle reveals battle with hair disorder

Raelene Castle

Michael Carayannis Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle has gone public with her alopecia areata battle for two main reasons; so people don't think she has cancer and that the stress of being the only female club...

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Canterbury recruit Michael Lichaa 'not trying to be Michael Ennis'

Dogs days: Michael Lichaa has worked hard  at Canterbury.

Michael Carayannis Canterbury recruit Michael Lichaa knows the inevitable question about the man he was brought in to replace in the No.9 jersey is coming.

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South Sydney coach Michael Maguire returns to ANZ Stadium for first time

Happy memories: Souths coach Michael Maguire returned to the scene of his greatest triumph to launch the 2015 Charity Shield.

Michael Carayannis The stands may have been empty this time around but that didn't stop South Sydney coach Michael Maguire from fondly reflecting on the last time he was at ANZ Stadium.

Ben Creagh says criticism of St George Illawarra Dragons forward pack was 'warranted'

Ben Creagh.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra captain Ben Creagh believes the criticism directed at the club's forward pack last season was "warranted".

Canterbury's Dale Finucane set for Melbourne Storm switch

Linked with Melbourne: Dale Finucane.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko Dale Finucane is the latest high-profile player to make an off-season switch, with the Canterbury back-rower expected to link with Melbourne as early as this week.

Ben Hornby and Dean Young brought in to restore Dragons' pride

Passion: Ben Hornby and Dean Young have taken on bigger coaching roles at the Dragons.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has turned to two of the Dragons' fiercest competitors to help restore pride and passion to the club.

Parramatta Eels unhappy with travel burden after NRL draw release

Globe trotters: Parramatta will rack up plenty of miles in 2015.

Michael Carayannis Parramatta boss Scott Seward has expressed serious concerns for his players' welfare after the Eels were drawn to play six interstate games, including three consecutive matches away from home, when...

NRL to run 10-hour marathon of five games on Anzac Day

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Michael Carayannis The NRL will commemorate the Anzac centenary with one of the largest football marathons ever, with five games played across Australia and New Zealand on Anzac Day next year.

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Kangaroos furious over forward pass ruling

Sione Mata’utia dives for the line against the Kiwis but the try  was called back.

Michael Carayannis Here is moment the Kangaroos believe they were dudded a try to winger Sione Mata'utia which could have seen them retain their Four Nations trophy.

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Kangaroos youngsters face immediate axe for returning veterans after Four Nations loss

Young blood:  David Klemmer was one of Australia's better performers despite his callowness

Michael Carayannis Australia's next-generation of stars may be sidelined - for now - with the Kangaroos set to recall their missing veterans following Four Nations finals loss to New Zealand.

Shaun Johnson leads New Zealand to Four Nations victory against Australia

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Michael Carayannis In the end, the prospect of overcoming a rampant Shaun Johnson proved too difficult for a spirited but inexperienced Kangaroos side.

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Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens set to be offered new deal

Long-term plans: Tim Sheens would like to defend the World Cup.

Michael Carayannis Australia coach Tim Sheens is expected to have his contract extended regardless of the result in Saturday's Four Nations final.

Kangaroos' Dylan Walker puts Test debut 'shocker' behind him

Rookie mistakes: Dylan Walker has adopted a positive outlook after a disappointing start to the Four Nations.

Michael Carayannis Wellington: Kangaroos rookie Dylan Walker has put his "shocker" of a debut behind him as he looks to make amends when he squares off against the Kiwis for a second time in the Four-Nations final...

Issac Luke backflips on Kirisome Auva'a tribute

Kirisome Auva'a

Michael Carayannis Issac Luke has backed down from his intention to pay tribute to South Sydney teammate Kirisome Auva'a following a wave of social media criticism after the Kiwis hooker wrote he would write Auva'a's...

Four Nations final: What you need to know

Struggling for form: Kangaroos five-eighth Daly Cherry-Evans.

Michael Carayannis The key facts about the Four Nations final.

David Klemmer sheds five kilograms amid fears Kangaroos squad still harbours virus

Crunch time: David Klemmer  is battling to regain his strength after struggling with a flu-like virus.

Michael Carayannis Australian prop David Klemmer is struggling to shake illness.

Kangaroos on mission to get Michael Jennings and Dylan Walker more ball

Time to get involved: Tim Sheens has big plans for Michael Jennings.

Michael Carayannis The Kangaroos are planning to unleash the attacking brilliance of centres Dylan Walker and Michael Jennings.

Kangaroos suffer shambolic Four-Nations prep

Robbie Farah leads in the late arrivals.

Michael Carayannis Welcome to the Chaos-Roos with Australia's Four-Nations hopes thrown into utter disarray ahead of their finals clash against New Zealand on Saturday.

Sick Kangaroos must train on Friday to make Four Nations final

Roo flu: Illness forced Greg Inglis from the first Test.

Michael Carayannis The Kangaroos' quartet of ill players must train at the captain's run on Friday or risk being ruled out by Tim Sheens, who remains spooked by the decision to play a sick Greg Inglis in the opening...